Cliffbreakers Hires KMK Media Group

Rockford– KMK Media Group, a marketing communications firm, was hired by Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center to publicize various aspects of its $2.5 million facility renovation that includes the meeting spaces accommodating up to 1,200 guests, the lobby, restaurant, bar and hotel rooms. The iconic riverfront facility expects all upgrades and construction to be […]

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City agrees to Staples tax refund

By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY Staff writer BELOIT — A property assessment dispute started last year was settled this week after Staples and the City of Beloit reached an agreement. The deal resolves differing assessed property values for the distribution center on East Colley Road and partially refunds 2016 property taxes paid by the company. Councilors approved […]

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Hendricks Commercial Properties nominated for award

BELOIT– Hendricks Commercial Properties has been nominated for a Real Estate Redevelopment & Reuse award by the Rock County Economic Development Agency. The award is part of the Community and Economic Development Awards program created by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) to recognize individuals, businesses, projects and organizations that are making significant contributions to […]

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Sheriff’s recruits, trainees laid off due to soda tax holdup

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County sheriff has laid off more than 110 recruits and trainees, saying the move was made because a proposed countywide tax on soda was put on hold. The layoffs are in addition to 300 layoffs announced last week by county board President Toni Preckwinkle. Cara Smith of the sheriff’s office […]

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Beloit Ho-Chunk casino proposal gets a boost

By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY Staff writer WASHINGTON, D.C. — Interests from the federal, state and local level to bring a Ho-Chunk Nation casino to Beloit are hailing progress on the plan following a meeting last week with the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The most recent meeting follows efforts last winter by officials […]

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Learning by doing

By HILLARY GAVAN Senior staff writer BELOIT — For youngsters, building things can translate into building confidence. Area youth attended the Hendricks CareerTek Engineering and Construction Academy last week and were eager to show off their new creations, which included picnic tables and planter boxes. The youngsters said they learned a lot from Corporate Contractors, […]

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Staples, city may be near agreement

By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY Staff writer BELOIT — A tax assessment dispute between the Staples Distribution Center in Beloit and the City of Beloit may be nearing settlement, with the Beloit City Council set to meet tonight in executive session to hear an update on negotiations. The company filed its objection to its city assessment in […]

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Biologist researching growing rice commercially in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Marquette University biology professor is researching the possibility of growing rice commercially in Wisconsin, despite the state’s seasonally cold temperatures. Native American tribes have been growing wild rice in Wisconsin for generations, but growing rice commercially is a different challenge, associate professor of biology Michael Schlappi told Wisconsin Public Radio. About […]

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SwedishAmerican awards 15 scholarships to associates’ children

As college tuition costs continue to rise, the good news is that SwedishAmerican is here to ease some of the burden through our Associates’ Children Scholarship Program, which recently provided 15 one-year $1,000 scholarships to children of SwedishAmerican associates. To be considered for the scholarship, each applicant submitted an application, written essay, ACT scores, class […]

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Mercyhealth to present $250,000 check to University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford for expansion

Mercyhealth will present a $250,000 gift to the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford on Wednesday, July 19 at 2:00 p.m. The check presentation will be held at the College, 1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford. Javon Bea, President and CEO of Mercyhealth will present the check Alex Stagnaro-Green, Dean of the University of Illinois College […]

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